Thomson Legal has a wealth of experience in finding law jobs in Scotland, helping Scottish and international lawyers to progress their legal careers. We are experts in legal recruitment Scotland wide, but also have a strong track record of assisting Scottish lawyers to make the move to London and Overseas.

Our recruitment experts hold strong relationships with a wealth of Scottish law firms and in-house legal teams which allows us to present tailored options to candidates looking to progress their career.

With over 20 years’ experience in working on Scottish legal jobs, we help our candidates to take the next step in their legal career providing advice and guidance to ensure that we find the best role for each candidate’s individual needs. Our vacancy search tool enables candidates to search for legal vacancies Scotland wide, while our team are on hand to provide advice and guidance at every stage. From CV and interview advice to guidance on which roles to apply for, Thomson Legal is here to help.

Legal Recruitment Scotland

While the Covid 19 pandemic has had an impact on the economy as a whole, the legal sector in Scotland remains buoyant.

A significant number of strategic law firm mergers and alliances being formed in Scotland over the last few years, which has led to an increase in client offering and a need to increase headcount with additional fee earners. This has also led to a more even distribution across office locations and with what we predict to be increased flexibility in terms of working arrangements, the field is more competitive and we are likely to see more alternative options than ever before.

Scotland Market Survey and Salary Overview 2023/24

Scottish Legal Jobs in Edinburgh and Glasgow

Edinburgh continues to reap the benefits of being one of the largest financial centres in Europe, providing many legal recruitment opportunities in Scotland. We predict further growth which will result in ongoing recruitment both in practice and in-house in general banking, financial services, retail finance, investment funds, asset management, IP, commercial property and corporate.

The Glasgow market maintains the need for lawyers with construction (contentious and. non contentious), projects, energy, property, infrastructure and commercial contracts both for private practice groups as well as in-house. There has also been an increasing number of renewables companies setting up a base in the West creating new career opportunities in Scotland.

Legal Jobs in Aberdeen

The Aberdeen market clearly has been affected significantly following the fall in oil prices. While many law firms and in-house legal teams remain operational in the North East, opportunities to move laterally are more limited and we have witnessed many Aberdeen lawyers opting to relocate to the central belt or indeed, further afield.

Returning to Scotland

During the pandemic we have spoken with many Scottish lawyers considering a move home. We understand this can be daunting and. Thomson Legal are happy to assist with market information and to discuss options if you are thinking about a return or a relocation to Scotland.

Take the Next Step with Thomson Legal

We regularly meet with candidates and clients across Scotland and can meet you locally in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Dundee, Glasgow and Inverness- we will come to you wherever you may be based. For a confidential discussion about your options or about current legal jobs and the market at the moment, please get in touch via the Contact Us page.

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